American churches are often comprised of people with similar economic status – churches comprised of a healthy balance of poorer and richer are rare. As a result, we often ignore the words of Christ to be present for and with those who have little and thus miss a primary mode of engaging with Christ himself. Highly controversial and quickly denied, economic segregation is widespread and ultimately limiting to our development as followers of Jesus.
The economic segregation within American churches is widespread, deeply rooted, and valiantly defended. Few issues within churches have more power to elicit justification than discussions of economic status – particularly those that question our comfort – physically or emotionally. While all segregation in worship is inter-related, in this fourth installment in the “Segregating Worship Series,” we will explore the impact of economic segregation. You can read my articles about Worship Segregation here, Music Style Segregation here, and Racial Segregation here.